Man who shot police officer sentenced to 25 years

May 15, 2012|By Peter Hermann

A man who voiced contempt for Baltimore police and told defectives he had "no love lost" for the department was sentenced on Tuesday to 25 years in prison for using a rifle to shoot an officer last year.

The officer, Andrew Zdura, with five years on the force, had been answering a domestic call near the suspect's in-law's house when he was struck in what appeared a random attack. Authorities said the bullet hit his holstered gun, causing it to discharge. The officer suffered shrapnel wounds.

Chey Jordan, 21, pleaded guilty in March to attempted first-degree murder and illegal possession of a firearm. On Tuesday, Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams suspended all but 25 years of a life sentence, and ordered the suspect to five years probation upon his release.

Prosecutors said Jordan had confessed to police that he fired his SKS-assault rifle to relieve stress and had aimed at a hill near his in-law's home on Cooks Lane in Southwest Baltimore, just south of Gwynns Falls Park.

But Jordan also told detectives that he bore a strong animosity toward police, and a spokesman for the city State's Attorney's Office said the suspect's wife testified that her husband took deliberate aim at the officer.

Prosecutors said that after he spotted the officer, he took the rifle from his car, laid down on a slope in the front yard and fired four shots, striking the officer once.

The shooting occurred July 19 about 11:30 p.m. in the West Hills neighborhood, near the Baltimore County line. Prosecutors said that Jordan, who lives in Owings Mills, was approaching his in-law's house when he drove by the police officer, Zdura.

Zdura was interviewing a person from a domestic dispute call and was standing under a street light. Jordan, according to prosecutors, "slowed down in his vehicle to assess the situation." At the home of his wife's parents, he stayed outside, prosecutors said, and set up the shooting.

Police arrested Jordan two days later, on July 21, when they stopped a Mitsubishi with out-of-state license plates and tinted windows on Cooks Lane. At that point, police believed the occupants had witnessed the shooting.

But the State's Attorney's Office said the driver sped off. Police stopped the car a short time later and said Jordan was sitting in the passenger seat "and a rifle equipped with a scope [was] in plain view at Chey Jordan's feet."

While Jordan at first denied targeting anyone, and told detectives he saw no one under the light, police said in charging documents that he had talked often about his desire "to shoot someone."

Jordan does not appear to have a prior criminal record in Maryland. Records show his address in the 10900 block of Huntcliff Drive in Owings MIlls, and that he owns a 2007 Mitsubishi with Kansas license plates.

Police searched his apartment and reported finding a rifle barrel hidden in the bathroom ceiling and the stock in an air-conditioning duct. A shoebox had a training manual for becoming a security guard, court records show.

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